American Dreams

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HartBeat Ensemble, The Bushnell, University of Connecticut and Free Center in association with Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford Stage, TheaterWorks Hartford



It’s a Game. It’s a Show. It’s America! 

Imagine a world where the only way to gain U.S. citizenship is by competing in a live online game show. Welcome to American Dreams where each night you the audience gets to choose who will become your new neighbor. This playful participatory performance takes a page from America’s favorite game shows and uses voting, polling, trivia and more to explore who and what we choose to believe—and how those choices come to shape who we are.

“We want to harness and above all share what is unique and vital about live performance in an increasingly virtual and disconnected world”, said playwright Leila Buck.

“This smart, provocative play deserves to go on to be produced in as many U.S. cities as are on the map”  -Andrea Simakis, The Plain Dealer

Written by Leila Buck

Directed by Tamilla Woodard

Created and developed by Leila Buck and Tamilla Woodard with Jens Rasmussen in collaboration with Osh Ghanimah, Imran Sheikh and the company

with Ali Andre Ali, Leila Buck, India Nicole Burton, Jens Rasmussen, Imran Sheikh, Andrew Aaron Valdez

More information about American Dreams the play HERE

Learn what you need to vote on November 3 HERE!

American Dreams is a LIVE online event. It is also interactive with audiences voting each night for the winner. We invite you to keep your cameras on if you can. We’ll invite you to join in song, applause and even a little call and response. But only if you feel like it! Your most important job is to vote. 

American Dreams runs 85 minutes with no intermission.

The box office closes 1 hour before the performance.

American Dreams is a national virtual co-production by Working Theater, in partnership with Round House Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, HartBeat Ensemble, The Bushnell Center for the Arts, University of Connecticut, Free Center, and Marin Theatre Company. The project is a co-commission of Arizona State University and Texas Performing Arts, with support from the JKW Foundation. American Dreams was first produced by Raymond Bodgan for Cleveland Public Theater 2018.

HartBeat Ensemble, The Bushnell, University of Connecticut and Free Center are leading a local consortium of cultural organizations including Hartford Stage, TheaterWorks, and Charter Oak Cultural Center in co-presenting American Dreams. 



As 'American Dreams' begins its Hartford run, join community members from across for a special Encounters Dialogue event.

Who gets to be a citizen? Who gets to decide?
Monday, October 26
7:00pm - 9:00pm

Register here via ZOOM

Special Guests to be announced...

Encounters programs feature small group discussions on critical questions, as well as specialist feedback and engagement.

Funding provided by
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These events will take place on Zoom.

If you’ve never used Zoom before, check out a few tips below!

This is the most important step in our Zoom guide – download the free Zoom app to your laptop, tablet or phone in advance of the performance. We’ll send you your link and login details at least 2 hours before the show. You can test your audio in advance of the performance at any time to check that everything is working correctly. You can then view the performance on your device once the show starts.



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